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    Manumission Document, "Reuben Warner's Certificate of Freedom"

    Emancipation of Reuben Warner. Cincinnati, Ohio: 1843. Document in manuscript on vellum (13.5 x 11 inches). Written in brown ink with two official seals attached. Some foxing and creases from folds, one horizontal and three vertical, document quite sound and legible. Docketed on reverse: "Reuben Warner's Certificate of Freedom." Complete transcription of document: "Know all me by these presents, that I, George Reeves, of the City of Cincinnati in the State of Ohio, having by the decease of my father, Austin L. Reeves, late of Mason [?] County, in the State of Kentucky, come into the possession of a Negro slave named Reuben Warner, for valuable consideration, have manumitted, and by these presents do manumit and set free from the bonds of slavery forever, the said Reuben Warner, hereby declaring, that he is now to all intents and purposes free, and entitled to all the privileges of free persons of color. Said Reuben Warner is about thirty three years of age, five feet and seven inches high, and of a dark, though not black complexion. In witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this third day of March, 1843. [signed] George Reeves. In the presence of [signed] Samuel W. Davis [another signature] State of Ohio, City of Cincinnati. Be it known, that before me, Samuel W. Davis, Mayor of said City, personally appeared George Reeves, the grantor above named, and acknowledged the signing & sealing the foregoing deed of emancipation, to be his voluntary act. [Seal City of Cincinnati] In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Seal of said City this 3rd day of March, 1843. State of Ohio, Hamilton County [signed] Samuel W. Davis, Mayor. I, Jacob (?) Pratt, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas within and for said County, do hereby certify, the foregoing Deed of Emancipation was this day duly presented to me and was recorded in Book 1page 5 - of the Negro Records, the same being one the records of said Court, kept in my Office. [Seal of County of Hamilton] Given under my hand the seal of said court in Cincinnati this 3rd day of March 1843. [signature] Jacob Pratt, Clerk. [another signature]."


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